Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Assúmpta est María in cælum!

The Most Bountiful God, Who is Almighty, the plan of Whose Providence rests upon Wisdom and Love, tempers, in the secret purpose of His own mind, the sorrows of peoples and of individual men by means of joys that He interposes in their lives from time to time, in such a way that, under different conditions and in different ways, all things may work together unto good for those who love Him.

For which reason, after We have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the Light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God Who has lavished His special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of Her Son, the Immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same August Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the Authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own Authority, We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of Her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.